Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Fabric for October 2009

SKU# PW 4014
This is a gorgeous and trendy lightweight sweater knit. The stylized heart measures 16hX12w with a 23" repeat. Opaque with good crosswise stretch and slight lengthwise stretch. The colors are muted olive, pine green, charcoal grey and beige. Make a fabulous T shirt or cardiwrap.

Sewl Mate
60% Wool
40% Silk
Was $17.00 Now $8.50

Construction in Progress
Schmetz Stretch Needles size 11
Gutermann thread #524
Clear Elastic

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 1/08 #116

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5248, 5388, McCalls 5469, 5931, Simplicity 2735, 3536, Vogue 8580, 8597

Sewing Tip: Use clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder and neckline areas.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Burda Style

Line Drawing

60% Linen 40% Cotton
(blouse was cut on the crossgrain so the stripes would be vertical)

Prewash: Machine wash warm on the perma press cycle and dried on the cotton setting. The fabric shrunk 4" in length and 2" in width.

Notions: thread, universal needle size 12, sheer fusible tricot interfacing, six 1/2" buttons

Alterations: I made a muslin and found there was too much fullness when I tied the drawstring. I took a 1-1/4" tuck to reduce the fullness. This was the only alteration I needed.

Construction Details
: Everything goes together quickly except pattern piece #2 the front yoke with undercollar. The key to attaching this piece is to label each section of the pattern. (click on picture to enlarge)
Once you know where each section belongs the rest goes together nicely.

I interfaced the corner of the shoulder seam and neck back,

the buttonhole area for the drawstring

and the upper collar.

Conclusion: I like this pattern because of its unique twist on the classic blouse. It looks great with jeans or a pencil skirt. I'll make this again and lengthen it into a dress using denim or linen.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Hooded Jacket

Faux Fur Vest

LBD (little black dress)

Office Attire

Causal Tunic Top

Dresses-Fall Trend 2009


Plus Size

TCB (Taking Care of Business)

Cocktail Hour

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